Requirements and Courses

A minimum of two years' residence is required beyond the M.Mus. in Composition, or its equivalent.  

Additional prerequisite courses may be assigned following transcript review and placement exams.

Thesis

The thesis is a musical composition of major dimensions together with a written analysis of the work.  It must be defended in an oral examination. See the Thesis tab for details.

Required Courses (12 credits)

MUGS 701 Comprehensive Exam Part 1
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUGS 702 Comprehensive Exam Part 2
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

credits (two years of):

MUCO 722D1 Doctoral Composition Tutorial 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUCO 722D2 Doctoral Composition Tutorial 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Four approved 3-credit graduate electives or the equivalent.

Composition Performance

The candidate must present a concert of his/her compositions.  With the permission of the Composition Area Committee, the compositions may be presented as parts of two or three concerts, or as a list of national and international performances since the student began his/her residency.

For more information on academic regulations and requirements, visit McGill University's eCalendar or contact the Schulich School of Music Graduate Studies Office.